Not to hijack...
But in Kindergarten I got an "F"
on a project because we were all supposed to be coloring in a picture, and I colored the sun pink and I drew apples on the oak tree.
Then in third grade the teacher refused to display my ceramic fish (we were all assigned to make ceramic fish) in the display case in the hall because I decided to name it "trash can fish."
"What kind of fish are you making?"
"It's a trash can fish!"
"Don't make a trash can fish. Something else."
(a few minutes later)
"So, what kind of fish did you make?"
"It's a trash can fish!!!
"NO, DON'T MAKE A TRASH CAN FISH!"
And that's how it all went down...:LOL Poor little trash can fish.
Now back to the thread...
What I wonder is, why do the children have to even work in the same media or same theme? Is it OK to have the class make ceramic fish as long as all the fish don't look the same (and they can have whatever names they want)? Is it OK to tell the class that in this unit, they will be exploring fiber arts, and they can make whatever they want as long as it's with fibers? What if during ceramic fish week, one student wants to make wooden toy trucks? What if during cardboard house week, a student would rather embroider?